Fiat-Chrysler Alliance created a much furore 3-4 years back when they decided to bring in the iconic Jeep brand to India. After much deliberation and unsuccessful attempts, they managed to launch the SUV king this month, after a delay of 4 years. While the prices of the Jeep angered many fans, Jeep promised to bring the low priced models to the Indian shores, ones that will be manufactured in India.
Keeping the promise alive, Jeep has unveiled the 2017 Jeep Compass in Brazil, a compact SUV that is placed below the Grand Cherokee and will make its way to India. The bookings of the Compass have been accepted in the Brazilian market where it will be retailed for BRL 99,990 and BRL 149,990. This roughly translates to Rs 20 - 30 lakhs.
Coming to the SUV designing, the Jeep Compass is more or less based on the bigger Grand Cherokee. The 8 slot characteristic grille is flanked by small projector headlamps with LED DRLs, Grand Cherokee borrowed bumper and a contoured engine hood. A strong shoulder line runs across the body and a bold chrome window lining that flows into the rear windshield accentuates the design.
Moving to the back, the wraparound LED tail lamps, chrome-finished twin exhaust pipes and a roof spoiler complete the Jeep Compass looks. There's also an off-road focused Jeep Compass Trailhawk variant and as seen in the images, it will feature red tow hooks, Wrangler Rubicon-style black alloy rims and contrasting black hood decal.
Inside the cabin of the new Jeep Compass is again the Cherokee inspired design. With a mix of gloss black, chrome and matte silver trim, the Jeep Compass surely looks premium with a distinct finish. Some of the notable features are an 8.4 inch UConnect touchscreen system, configurable TFT screen in the instrument cluster, keyless entry with start/stop button and Beats 9-speaker audio system with subwoofer.
Jeep has confirmed that the Compass compact SUV will get a set of 17 different engine and gearbox to choose from. The combinations will include a range of petrol and diesel units sourced from the Renegade. As for the Brazil-spec Compass, Jeep is offering a 2.0-litre Tigershark Flex unit with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a 2.0-litre Multijet II diesel unit with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The diesel variant is equipped with Jeep’s 4WD Active Drive Low system.
FCA has confirmed that the new Compass will go on sale in 100 markets starting early next year. India is one important market and the SUV will be locally manufactured at the Tata-FCA JV plant in Ranjangaon and launch in Q2 2017. Expect the prices to be much lower than the Wrangler SUV, as it is locally manufactured and this will bring down the prices considerably.
If Jeep successfully manages to keep the price below Rs 30 lakhs, it can cause a major dent in the sales of some of the established giants like Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour.